Lot No. 195 (99th Auction)
Isaac Thuret à Paris, Height 570 mm, circa 1685

A splendid French Louis XIV "pendule religieuse" table clock of one month duration, with Boulle Marquetry and half hour / hour strike
Case: fruitwood, ebonized, brass, pewter and tortoiseshell inlays, ormolu mountings, 1 hammer / 1 bell. Dial: covered with dark red velvet, applied gilt brass chapter ring with radial Roman hours, signed on a gilt brass cast brass cartouche, finely pierced hands. Movm.: square brass full plate movement, signed, count wheel, verge escapement, 2 barrels, silk suspended short pendulum.

The high rectangular case sits on four toupie feet; it has been lavishly decorated with marvelous Boulle marquetry: scrolls, acanthus and strapwork, using brass, pewter and tortoiseshell. The front door is fitted with an arched window with a drapery to show the dial and is flanked by two Corinthian pilasters. The arched side panels are glazed as well. The upper part has an open-work balustrade and an inverted bell top with four Flambeau finials.

Isaac Thuret (1649-1706) was one of the most important French makers. In 1684 Thuret became Horloger du Roi (Louis XIV) and Horloger de l'Observatoire de Paris and in 1686 was established in the Galeries du Louvre. He maintained the clocks in the Fontainebleau Palace and between 1689 and 1694 also looked after the clocks in the Paris oberservatory and of the Académie des Sciences. On January 22, 1675, he made a watch with the first balance spring for Huygens, pretending it to be his own invention. Later he apologized for this to Huygens. Thuret also made clocks with verge escapement, cycloidal cheeks and seconds-pendulum for Huygens, one of which is preserved in the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden, He also made a great number of "religieuses".
Source: H. M. Vehmeyer "Clocks Their Origin And Development 1320-1880", vol II, Wilsele 2004, page 994.

A nearly identical clock by Isaac Thuret is illustrated and described in "Clocks Their Origin And Development 1320-1880" by H. M . Vehmeyer, vol. II, Wilsele 2004, page 814/815.
Estimate  5,500 - 10,000 €

Price Realised  6,000 €
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